07/05/15 2:54pm

Hunting Point Amenity building

The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is construction of a residential amenity building and surface parking spaces in the existing Hunting Point community. The proposal provides recreational and community amenities for the existing residents, while maintaining the Potomac River view currently visible from South Washington Street.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report & site plan).

(Image via City of Alexandria)

07/05/15 2:29pm
July 4 parade in Bristol, VA

Image via @Israel O’Quinn on Twitter

Alexandria, Virginia has been ranked as a top city for veterans, signs an annual covenant with local military, and has also recently adopted a military-friendly school policy. Many streets in Alexandria hang quite a lot of flags on their block.

So, why don’t we have a Fourth of July parade? Washington, D.C. has a parade but, should Alexandria? See the packed parade in Bristol, Virginia yesterday above.

What do you think about this? Discuss below.

As with all of our Sunday discussions, feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.

07/05/15 2:05pm

Beatley Library

During the month of August, Beatley Central Library will be hosting its first Science in the Summer program. The four-day program begins Monday, August 3 and ends on Thursday, August 6. Science in the Summer includes two different classes: Level 1 (rising 2nd and 3rd graders) and Level 2 (rising 4th to 6th graders).

Participants will learn about chemistry in this hands-on science program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Registration for Science in the Summer is ongoing NOW and class size is limited to 15 students per class.

Participants must sign up in-person at the Youth Services Desk at Beatley Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia to reserve a spot. Participants are also required to attend all four days of the program.

Click this link for more information on Science in the Summer or contact Beatley Central Library’s Youth Services Desk at 703-746-1753.

07/05/15 7:47am
Video of the week

Some time ago, I re-introduced the weekly palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on this blog. During the week, I post about road closures, stores opening, stores closing, news and things to do around Alexandria, Virginia. So, I thought maybe one post during the week could be just for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

For this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, this video of five-year-old Heavenly Joy Jerkins performing a delightful singing-tap dance performance of ‘In Summer’ this week on NBC’s America’s Got Talent had the judges and audience falling in love and will have you falling in love as well. What a voice!


07/05/15 6:43am

An extraordinary home for sale at 1111 N. Pitt Street in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia
This extraordinary 2 bedroom, 1 bath condominium is for sale and located at 1111 North Pitt Street in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Open house TODAY!

Via the listing

If you are looking for beauty and convenience, you have found it! Come see the granite kitchen with farm sink, exquisite wood-grain flooring, ceramic tile bath, fireplace and Juliette balcony. Charming & well-maintained, Canal Place offers beautifully manicured grounds, swimming pool and parking. Convenient North Old Town location close to restaurants, shops, grocery, waterfront parks, trails.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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07/04/15 7:51pm

We will gladly post reader submissions like this ANYTIME and your help with discussing issues in Alexandria is ALWAYS appreciated. You can submit items about whatever topic you want to talk about in Alexandria – just please keep it clean. Simply contact me if you’d like to contribute and/or have something posted.

An Old Town resident writes in about the string of recent ‘shots fired’ calls in Alexandria. What are your thoughts on this?? Alexandria Police (APD) addressed the recent string of calls at this link.

REMINDER: APD is hosting a community meeting on this week’s first homicide of 2015 on Monday, July 6.

Dear Red Brick Town,

I live at Queen and Columbus and I’ve heard gunfire from that area five times in the past 6 weeks. Always between 11pm and 3am. 15 shots one night. I drive through that neighborhood almost every day, but I would never go near it after dark.

(Photo by Robert Gebler, on Flickr)